What is the knowledge base on flying Benson/Brock style gyros safely?

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I am curious on what are the safest Benson/Brock models out there and what modifications have been made over the years to fly them with least chance of hazard.
 

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Many will do a drop keel mod which is basically just two cheek plate and a new nose wheel. I also like the tall tail. Not much cost at all to do these mods.
 

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Some form of “T” tail. Ron Herron (LittleWing) sold plans at one time.

In its original form with 4’ prop, propeller thrust line/CG relationship was fine. Mike Gaspard’s Bensen with seat tank was within an inch or do of being correct as measured at Bensen Days several years ago.
 
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More reliable and powerful engines, better props and light efficient rotors, like DW's.

The stepped keel for better thrustline and the tall tail....

Apart from that, I have to say, in my opinion, the worst thing with Bensons and Brocks is that beam axel..... get rid of that and you have already gained a heap of points (and lost some drag)

I would say the best Benson/Brock 'derivative' gyro, would have to be the Dominator:cool:

The knowledge base on safety? Easy, get good gyro instruction and forget anything you know about any other form of aviation.... open you mind to the fact gyros are nothing like anything else....

Try to prove otherwise will usually bite!
 
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Like Chuck B. said above, most Bensen/Brock KB-2's will be close to CLT. I don't think a drop keel mod really adds anything to one using a direct drive Mac engine. I added a horizontal stab to my KB-2 and as far as safety mods I think that's about all that's needed.
 

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Definitely a horizontal stab.

Here is mine.

I makes if very stable.

I would recommend getting plans from Ron Herron.

Rick
 

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a lot of my early gyros were like a bensen with the mast to keel angle changed so that the mast was at the correct angle with the front of the keel jacked up about 20 inches, this way I could swing a 66 inch prop and be close to CLT, in 1982 or 83 I changed to a bent keel and large props, with props over 72 inches a bent keel keeps the gear legs shorter.

Norm
 

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Rick,

I notice you mounted your horizontal stab with some negative (leading edge down) angle of incidence. How many degrees?

What is the total weight of your tube and rag empennage?

Thanks,

Wayne
 

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Three degrees down.

I did not weight it before installation, but my guess would be 4 to 5 pounds at most.

Rick
 

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More reliable and powerful engines, better props and light efficient rotors, like DW's.

The stepped keel for better thrustline and the tall tail....

Apart from that, I have to say, in my opinion, the worst thing with Bensons and Brocks is that beam axel..... get rid of that and you have already gained a heap of points (and lost some drag)

I would say the best Benson/Brock 'derivative' gyro, would have to be the Dominator:cool:

The knowledge base on safety? Easy, get good gyro instruction and forget anything you know about any other form of aviation.... open you mind to the fact gyros are nothing like anything else....

Try to prove otherwise will usually bite!

I have to disagree Muz, there is so much in common, most of the principles of flight are the same.

Aussie Paul. :)
 

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I disagree Paul, it is the little differences that bring flyers from other fields undone, as an example, to get a fw over a fast approaching tree line at the end of the runway, stick back (just over stall speed) will usually do the trick..... in the same predicament in a gyro, stick back is not the answer..... I say again, one has to learn proper gyro techniques, not fall back on fw stuff..... just my opinion.
 

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Based on my experience which FW wise is reasonably broad, would go with Muz on this one Paul.

Putting the common environment and all the stuff that goes with it, and talking just about handling/flying the machine, I would say be prepared to read learn and study gyro techniques, do not assume it flies like a FW, because it is those little but serious differences that will kill.
 
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